Maths (up 3 sub-levels in a year) looks a bit optimistic. Ideally you'd need a letter from the school to elaborate on that, e.g. "Fantastic progress made this year, and we confidently predict 5a
Even if the predictions were 5b x 3, that would probably be acceptable for an appeal.
However, you need as much evidence as possible:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b11
The reason for turning down review was ‘only moderate support from H/T’
I assume that's based on his comments rather than on 2:1. Nothing wrong with 2:1, unless a high proportion with 2:1 at the school didn't qualify.
Might be worth politely asking the headteacher what he thinks of the moderators' remark. Perhaps he would be willing to write an even more supportive letter for an appeal?
Bearing in mind that a '2' = “Very able so recommended without any reservation
”, any further comments from the headteacher should match that definition, and be equally strong and supportive.
I would like to appeal – with the information above would I have any grounds on the ‘fair, objective and consistent’ rule?
You don't need "grounds" for 'fair, consistent & objective
' - it is for the admission authority to prove that the process was FCO, rather than for you to disprove it.
Suggest you just ask some of the questions about FCO set out in Section D of the Bucks 'How to appeal
Here is the link to last year's version:viewtopic.php?f=12&t=36418
We shall be posting the 2015 version at the weekend, so keep an eye open for it.
I would appreciate any candid advice – whilst I would love to fight this there is a stress element that makes me want to consider my decision very carefully before jumping in with both feet!
It's bound to be stressful, I'm afraid, but the golden rule is - "If in doubt, appeal. You never know what might happen!